Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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rmjwinters - Oct 5, 2002 10:10 pm

Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 13 2000  Sucess!

Many false summits

cmccall - Oct 2, 2002 3:24 pm

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert trailhead Date Climbed: August 9 2002  Sucess!

My third 14er. A nice hike a little windy at times. Lots of people on the summit.


Speedy - Sep 30, 2002 3:56 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 6, 2002  Sucess!

The first mountain I ever climbed! And the tallest in the state! It was a long day, but we made some new friends and managed to get to the top. Had a Corona on the summit. Not as tasty as I thought it would be, but still fun nonetheless! Saw lots of chipmunks and a marmot, too!

dallinwitt - Sep 23, 2002 4:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 17, 2002  Sucess!

My dad and I (I'm only 14, but I am a pocket rocket) were able to climb the three highest colorado peaks in 3 days, plus Rainier and Whitney again, giving us the 5 highest summits in the lower 48. This was my fave in CO.


couchtater - Sep 6, 2002 1:23 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 12, 2002  Sucess!

Great day. Lots of people on the mountain.


climbcouple - Jul 11, 2002 9:02 pm

Route Climbed: Halfmoon Creek Trail Date Climbed: July 2 / 2002  Sucess!

Awesome view all the way up above the tree line. Still some snow in the mountains. Hot at the bottom and we actually got a few flakes of snow/sleet at the top!


charles97 - Jul 10, 2002 10:58 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 19, 2002  Sucess!

A beautiful day on the mountain -- plenty of sunshine and no storm. This hike is fairly easy, and I expected a little more fight out of the tallest point in Colorado. Nevertheless, it was a great summer hike. One question though: Why is the tallest point marked with nothing but a makeshift wooden cross? Did I miss something?

I started at 7:30 from the Colorado / Main Range Trailhead and reached summit around 11:10. Felt really good going up, which was a little unexpected because I had just done Sneffels the day before. Smooth and clear the whole way, the only regret I had was getting sunburned on top of my head.

Fourth 14er, second solo.

Bryan W

Bryan W - Jul 10, 2002 8:58 am

Route Climbed: "Classic" Date Climbed: 7/6/02  Sucess!

My first 14er. Wow, what a hike and what a view from the top. La Plata was very inviting over to the SW as it still had a considerable amount of snow on it. The trail was in great shape and it would be impossible to lose it. However, I did not think that it would get so steep so quickly. I found the initial hike through the Aspen's to be the worst part of the hike. Many people had told me to just stay at it and you will get there. This is so, so, true.

Wildtrail - Jun 28, 2002 3:06 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!

First Mountain ever climbed.


wayneaflick - Jun 28, 2002 2:01 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 21, 2001  Sucess!

This time I climbed Elbert with my two sons and one of my grandsons. Both sons had to wait about 2 hours on the summit for dear old dad to make it. The grandson gave up about 500 feet from the summit. He should have stayed with me and climbed at a much slower pace.

EL Mwucko

EL Mwucko - Jun 21, 2002 10:15 am

Route Climbed: Standard route up, Standard route down, double-time! Date Climbed: 1984  Sucess!

The birth of the “Noodle Knees Express”

A pleasant day of hiking up the mountain yielded great new friendships. After a leisurely lunch on the summit, thunderclouds in the distance persuaded us to begin our descent back to the trailhead.

And then it began.

First, the clouds rolled in. The air was charged with electricity. I felt a buzzing and snapping in my ear, which turned out to be my (now electrically charged) earring.

I can still hear the words as if it were only yesterday….

Betsy: “Robin, your hair is standing on end.”

Robin: “So is yours.”

Both [turning to me]: “Mike, so is YOURS!” (My shoulder length hair was standing straight out!)

Aaron: “LET’S BOOGIE!”

And we ran. When we could run no more, we stopped. CRACK! The lighting burst straight past us into the valley below. We ran some more.

I have never been so frightened and humbled in my life. Far above timberline, there was nowhere to hide, nothing to hide under. WE were the tallest point on the surface of the mountain.

We stopped. The rocks around us were now buzzing and humming with electricity. BANG! The air exploded around us. We ran until our knees cried out in agony; our hearts felt like they would burst as we panted and gasped for breath. Wave after wave of lightning erupted on all sides, above and below us.

You have never truly lived until you have had the life scared OUT of you. There is no experience that even comes close.

We ran for the tree-line, lightning flashing all around us. When we thought it was impossible to continue, a crash of lightning would start us running again.

The storm passed as quickly as it had begun. It turned and moved toward the south, in search of other hapless victims. By the time we reached the trailhead, the weather had turned downright pleasant again, as if nothing had happened. We stopped and soaked our aching feet in the river. As we drove away from the mountain, we could see another storm approaching behind us. Later we learned that one mountain away, a woman had been struck by lightning while climbing Mt. Massive with her husband. We were grateful to have made it out in all in one piece.

That day, we coined the name “the Noodle Knees Express” and it stuck.

It is said that people who survive trauma together form strong bonds. This was doubly true of the friends formed that day. We would climb together for years to come, and shared many wonderful and extraordinary experiences.



wayneaflick - Jun 17, 2002 7:27 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 17, 1997  Sucess!

I climbed Elbert the second time in September. It's still a long climb, no matter what month its climbed.


wayneaflick - Jun 17, 2002 7:24 pm

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 15, 1970  Sucess!

Climbed Elbert for the first time with my son Patrick. He was just 7 at the time and never made it all the way to the summit. He waited for me on the trail and everybody who I saw told me how he was doing.

ctruscot - Jun 17, 2002 10:41 am

Route Climbed: Echo Canyon Date Climbed: August 25, 2001  Sucess!

Not much of a trail in parts. Lots of false summits. A good workout that day!

trillian - Jun 4, 2002 2:36 pm

Route Climbed: North Date Climbed: May 26 2002  Sucess!

A nice hike at high altitude!


coloradoclimber - May 28, 2002 4:43 pm

Route Climbed: 10.2 East Ridge Date Climbed: 7-15-94  Sucess!

long climb, great views though.


phillinley - May 24, 2002 6:08 pm

Route Climbed: North Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 22, 2002  Sucess!

Extremely cold day for May that started out with an hour or so of snow showers in the wee hours of the morning. Heavy winds kept the afternoon stormsto the north. Still plenty enough snow for a nice snow slide back down on my cafeteria tray. If I had a chance to do it again, I'd take the Halfmoon trail since it is shorter and just as easy of a route.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - May 17, 2002 4:38 pm

Route Climbed: NW ridge Date Climbed: Aug 16 2001  Sucess!

2nd summit of Nolan's 14. Steve Simmons was about an hour behind and most other runners were ahead. We climbed the NW ridge, 3000 ft. in 1 mile, descended over Bull Hill to Echo Canyon. On to La Plata.


darinchadwick - Apr 2, 2002 6:42 am

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

Tried to solo Mt. Elbert, but there were way too many interesting people on the trail. Only Grays, Longs, and Whitney have been as crowded in my experience. So I gave up and enjoyed the social mtn. hike. Pretty big old pile of stones Elbert is.

tedde1 - Mar 27, 2002 12:57 pm

Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 3, 2000  Sucess!

Great hike,

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